First North Carolina Dance Theatre Performance at the 701 N. Tryon Theater
November 3-5 and 10-12 Performances Include Reception During Intermissions,
and Coffee and Deserts with the Dancers after the Performance
Charlotte, NC - A signature series in North Carolina Dance Theatre’s season, Innovative Works features cutting-edge choreography, diverse music and the intimate perspective afforded by the new 701 North Tryon Theater. This year choreographers Mark Diamond, David Ingram and Sasha Janes present new ballets, in addition to an encore performance of Alleged Dances by Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden.
In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved into the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance at 701 North Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. The facility houses the Company’s rehearsal spaces, School of Dance and administrative offices. The building also includes the 200-seat, 701 North Tryon Theater, where Innovative Works is being performed.
“Moving Innovative Works to Dance Theatre’s home gives us the ability to try some new things we’re excited about,” said President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. “We’re taking Innovative Works from a performance to an experience, bringing the audience closer to the dancers than ever before.”
The first two weeks of Innovative Works includes food served prior to the performance and during intermissions, followed by dessert and coffee with the dancers after the performance. “We want to better connect the audience with the dancers,” said Executive Director Doug Singleton. “We’re using the freedom of our performance space to make that possible.”
Innovative Works tickets are $45-65 for the November 3-5 and 10-12 performances and $25-$45 for the November 17-19 performances. Tickets may be purchased at 704.372.1000, ncdance.org and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office. Tickets are available for purchase at North Carolina Dance Theatre two hours prior to performances.
Innovative Works includes:
David Ingram’s I
David Ingram’s world premiere ballet, I, is based on ''Sunshine Through the Rain,'' the first segment of the eight in ''Akira Kurosawa's Dreams,'' a film which premiered in 1990 by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's.
In “Sunshine Through the Rain” a little boy comes out of his house on a rainy morning to find the sun shining. His mother tells him foxes hold their wedding processions in such weather and that the foxes don’t like to be seen by people. The boy decides to go into the forest to investigate, and he encounters the foxes in a strange wedding procession. Ingram chose music by Henry Purcell, recreated by Gavin Bryars, because it reminded him of a wedding procession.
Ingram, originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, trained with Karen Gibbons Brown at the Kingsport Guild of Ballet. After graduating with honors from Butler University, David joined the Louisville Ballet where he performed the works of such choreographers as Val Caniparoli, Adam Hougland, Robert North, Domy Reiter Soffer, Ben Stevenson and Twyla Tharp. David’s choreography has been performed at Empujón, Fort Wayne Ballet, The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and The Yard in Massachusetts. He choreographed Arson for last year’s Innovative Works.
Mark Diamond’s How Do I Love Thee?
Mark Diamond’s new ballet, How Do I Love Thee?, is based on the love sonnet of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and is to music by Robert Schumann. The ballet features two couples, dancers Jamie Dee and David Ingram, and Melissa Anduiza and Pete Walker. The dancers, wearing wireless microphones, will recite lines of the poem.
Diamond says the ballet shows where romantic love meets passionate love, and that the two couples in the work loosely represent the great loves of Elizabeth and Robert Browning, and Clara and Robert Schumann.
Diamond is program director of NC Dance Theatre 2, a group of professional artists who offer educational presentations and perform with NC Dance Theatre. He has choreographed over 30 ballets for NC Dance Theatre and serves as associate artistic director and resident choreographer for Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux at the Chautauqua Institute Summer Season.
Sasha Janes’ Last Lost Chance
Choreographer and Rehearsal Director Sasha Janes debuted Last Lost Chance this summer at the Chautauqua Institute, where Dance Theatre has a residency each year. The performance earned him the review, “Janes owns first dance performance of 2011” in The Chautauquan Daily.
This 16-minute dance for five dancers is set to music by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. Reviewer Anthony Bannon wrote, “It is a dance about making art — and I think the anxiety of creating something truly new, not knowing just how it will turn out — that is the ultimate subject of great abstraction.”
Janes, who spent eight seasons dancing with NC Dance Theatre, recently transitioned to the role of full-time rehearsal director. His ballet Rhapsodic Dances made its Charlotte premiere at Director’s Choice in October. He is also choreographing Dangerous Liaisons next spring. Janes was born in Perth, Australia, and received his training at the Australian Ballet School. Before joining North Carolina Dance Theatre, he danced professionally with the West Australian Ballet, Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Chautauqua Festival Ballet.
Dwight Rhoden’s Alleged Dances
Alleged Dances was created by Dwight Rhoden in 2006 to honor Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride’s 10th anniversary of leading NC Dance Theatre. The abstract work largely uses the music of John Adams. Each section takes on the name given in the Adams’ score, except for one section aptly titled “Imposter.”
For Innovative Works, Dance Theatre is performing an excerpt of the piece, which includes 12 dancers and is set in a black and white design mode. In 2006 reviewer Kate Dobbs Ariail called the work a, “…showcase for the strength, power, and stamina of the dancers”
A former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Rhoden joined NC Dance Theatre as resident choreographer in 2006 and travels to Charlotte several times a year to work with the Company. Rhoden was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” He has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Miami City Ballet and New York City Ballet/Diamond Project. His choreography has also been featured on the hit FOX television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.